New bus service for Bristol Airport
BRISTOL Airport has been given another boost with the news that there is to be a new direct bus link to Lulsgate.
It has emerged that a direct bus link between the airport and Bath is being launched in the coming weeks.
The news comes a few days after it was announced that direct buses will travel to the airport from Cardiff and Swansea.
Both announcements are being seen as a major boost for the airport which last year had just under six million passengers pass through its terminals.
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The direct link to South Wales is being seen as a direct victory over rivals at Cardiff Airport where passenger numbers have plummeted in recent years.
And it is hoped that the new service to Bath will attract more customers from the city and surrounding area. In the past people living to the east of Lulsgate have tended to travel to London airports rather than the North Somerset airport.
The new direct service will link the airport with the centre of Bath and is being launched in March. The service is being operated by Bath Bus Company and was announced at the Bath Tourism Plus's (BTP) annual forum.
The service is being run by the Bath Bus Company which is best known for its bright red tourist buses which operate in the World Heritage city.
Managing director Martin Curtis said the service will operate with double-deckers in a traditional green livery the original colours of Bath's buses.
The new service will see buses operating through South Bristol, Keynsham and Saltford amd will get passengers from Bath to Bristol in just under an hour.
Mr Curtis said: "It is a commercial service. Prices will be competitive and in line with other transport providers."
The news came as regional airline Flybe announced it is planning to cut about 300 jobs as part of a drive to return the carrier to profitability over the next 12 months.
The airline, which has one of its main bases in Bristol, said the cuts would lower UK staff numbers by 10 per cent, reducing costs by £35 million a year.
Flybe added that it did not expect to make "significant" changes to the number of its UK bases or route network, but it did add that it would be reviewing its network over the coming year.
The airline reported a loss of £1.3 million in the six months to the end of September compared with a profit of £14.3 million over the The airline said consultation with affected staff and their trade unions would start immediately.
Flybe chairman and chief executive Jim French said: "I am extremely disappointed that many valued and hard-working colleagues may have to leave the organisation. We will make every effort to minimise the impact and to offer support wherever possible in the transition."